Ex­pert’s ‘world-class’ col­lec­tion up for bid­ding

An­glo-Boer War arte­facts to at­tract col­lec­tors

Pretoria News - - SPORT - JAN DE BEER

THE AN­GLO-Boer War of 18991902 led to the cre­ation of a va­ri­ety of or­na­ments, keep­sakes and com­mem­o­ra­tive pieces man­u­fac­tured in a host of dif­fer­ent coun­tries.

Over the years, th­ese items have be­come sought-af­ter col­lecta­bles and about 1500 pieces will be auc­tioned in Joburg in the next few weeks.

The lots, to be auc­tioned by Old Jo­han­nes­burg Ware­house (OJW) over two week­end sales start­ing to­mor­row, be­long to Ray Lep­pan, an author­ity on and avid col­lec­tor of all things An­glo-Boer War for 35 years.

Lep­pan’s com­ments and pub­li­ca­tions on An­glo-Boer War items, their au­then­tic­ity and how they were some­times “mod­i­fied” by bored sol­diers and pris­on­sers of war, are re­spected glob­ally.

Old Jo­han­nes­burg Ware­house de­scribes the col­lec­tion on of­fer as “truly world-class”.

It will stage the first phase of the sale to­mor­row and on Sun­day at 10am at its premises at 29 Vil­lage Road, Selby. The sec­ond part of the sale will take place on Novem­ber 11 and 12.

“The enor­mous and unique col­lec­tion rep­re­sents the Bri­tish and Boer sides of the war al­most equally, and should ap­peal to col­lec­tors, in­sti­tu­tions and deal­ers.

“The lots in­clude his­toric medals, medal­lions, doc­u­ments, maps, coins, stamps, ban­knotes, pris­oner-of-war items, ephemera, trench art, weapons, sil­ver­ware, jewellery and fur­ni­ture,” says an OJW spokesper­son.

For more de­tails, call 0118361650, email info@ old­jwauc­tion­eers.com or see www.old­jwauc­tion­eers.com. There is an on­line bid­ding tool on the web­site.

A quaint Paul Kruger money box from An­glo-Boer War days is among hun­dreds of lots dat­ing back to this era on auc­tion this week­end.

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